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Lana Del Rey revealed news of her Norman Fucking Rockwell! successor “Chemtrails Over the Country Club” in May, announcing it along with her first published collections of poetry. She teased one unreleased song called “Tulsa Jesus Freak,” tagging frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff, before sharing the new track “Let Me Love You Like a Woman” in October. On January 11th, she’ll share the music video for the Chemtrails title track, and she’s said to expect the whole album some time in March.

No stranger to vintage cinematic flair, Lana Del Rey reaches for both sumptuous glamor and retro horror in her latest video. Bedecked in pearls and lace, the singer and her friends lounge by a pool, watch old home movies, and ride around in a candy-apple-red convertible (where she also shows off that infamous bejeweled mask). A darker theme tugs at the corners of the relaxed scenes when a Wizard of Oz-style tornado sucks up the titular country club. Suddenly, Lana and her crew turn into werewolves and dance around a crackling bonfire, flipping this moneyed portrait into a decadent nightmare.

Since releasing Norman Fucking Rockwell! (among our favourite album’s of 2019), Lana Del Rey did some side projects, but 2021 will be the year Norman finally gets its highly anticipated followup, Chemtrails Over The Country Club (which, like Norman, was produced by Jack Antonoff). “I love it. It’s folky. It’s beautiful. It’s super different from Norman,” Lana said.

The New Album ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’ – Out March 19th

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Jack Antonoff has stayed busy since his last record as Bleachers, 2017’s Gone Now. He formed a new project called Red Hearse alongside Sam Dew and Sounwave and produced albums such as Lana Del Rey’s Norman Fucking Rockwell! and the Chicks’ Gaslighter. His most fruitful creative partnership continues to be with long time collaborator Taylor Swift—they collaborated on 2019’s Lover and 2020’s folklore and evermore. Recently, Antonoff shared two tracks that foreshadow an upcoming third Bleachers album, “45” and “chinatown,” which features none other than New Jersey hero Bruce Springsteen.

Joined by Bruce Springsteen for ‘Chinatown’, Jack Antonoff said in a statement, “I go to Electric Lady every day to work. I sit on the roof for hours and hours. Probably spent more time on that roof this year than my bed. Kept imagining the band up there on all the different levels playing on 8th street with everything patched into the console of studio D. Was the first time we played these songs and the first time we played together since the pandemic. Was like a dream.”

Guitar and Keys – Mikey Freedom Hart Keys – Sean Hutchinson Percussion and Bells – Mike Riddleberger Sax and Keys – Evan Smith Sax and Keys – Zem Audu Sax – Anna Webber

Back in 2010, Jack Antonoff released Terrible Thrills, a compilation collecting re-imagined versions of his songs to be released on a standalone album. In its first incarnation, the compilation featured music from artists like Tegan and Sara, Scarlett Johansson, and Angel Deradoorian. The LP was soon followed by Terrible Thrills, Vol. 2 in 2015, which included reworks from Sia, Tinashe, Carly Rae Jepsen, Charli XCX, and more. Now, Antonoff has quietly announced Terrible Thrills, Vol. 3, a new collection in the series featuring songs from Bleachers’ latest album Gone Now reimagined by artists like Mitski, Julien Baker, Muna, and Ani DiFranco.

The third volume in the series arrives in in the form of four 7″ vinyl records, pairing each reimagining with a separate Bleachers rarity not included on the original album. The vinyl-exclusive collection finds Mitski performing “Let’s Get Married,” Baker taking on “Everybody Lost Somebody,” DiFranco reworking “Foreign Girls,” and Muna covering “All My Heroes.”

Terrible Thrills, Vol. 3 is currently available for order on the Bleachers’ website, where it will “only be sold this one time as a whole series.” Fans will receive the first 7″ record in early 2019, with the remaining releases to ship out each month thereafter.

Bleachers’ have a New Album ‘Gone Now’ Available now!

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Bleachers have returned with fellow New Jerseyan Bruce Springsteen for the new single “Chinatown.” and another new songs called “45.” listen to both songs and find the video for “Chinatown,” directed by Carlotta Kohl. In a press release, Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff gave the following statement on his new tracks: 

“Chinatown” starts in NYC and travels to New Jersey. that pull back to the place i am from mixed with terror of falling in love again. having to show your cards to someone and the shock when you see them for yourself. thinking you know yourself and where you are from…. having to see yourself through somebody who you want to stay… I started to write this song with these ideas ringing in my head. to further understand who you are pushes you to further understand where you are from and what that looks and sounds like. there are pieces in that that are worth carrying forever and pieces worth letting die. “Chinatown” and “45” are both the story of this—“Chinatown” through someone else, “45” through the mirror. as for Bruce, it’s the honour of a lifetime to be joined by him. he is the artist who showed me that the sound of the place Ii am from has value and that there is a spirit here that needs to be taken all over the world.

Jack Antonoff’s second album as Bleachers album, “Gone Now”, was released in 2017. He’s kept busy in the years since, producing music for a huge range of artists, including Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift, FKA twigs, and the Chicks. Last year, he launched a project called Red Hearse with Sam Dew and producer Sounwave. According to the press release, the next Bleachers album is due out in 2021.

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Lana Del Rey recently revealed that her new album Norman Fucking Rockwell is finished, and that she planned to put out a new song as early as next week. There has been two singles from it so far, “Mariners Apartment Complex” and “Venice Bitch” (the latter being, hands down, one of 2018’s best songs), but we’ve not yet been given a release date. What we do know is that Del Rey produced it with pop super-producer Jack Antonoff, marking the first time they’ve worked together, and will feature a lot of electric guitar, as she recently told Zane Lowe in a Beats 1 interview.

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Jack Antonoff is the kind of guy that could easily be seen as cool by association – he’s one-third of indie darlings cum chart-crushers fun., as well as longtime partner of Gen Y superstar Lena Dunham. Don’t let this context misconstrue him at all, however: He has absolutely no issue with holding his own. Look at this breakout smash, which sees Antonoff take the reins of a stuttered piano sample, arena-rock guitar and a chock-a-block chorus that almost threatens to cave in on itself before reinforcing its foundations. An anthem for overcoming odds and being the damn best you can be.

Music video by Bleachers performing I Wanna Get Better. (C) 2014 RCA Records,

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Lana Del Rey has unveiled a potent new song, “Venice Bitch,” which is expected to appear on her next album, Norman Fucking Rockwell. The album is slated to arrive early next year.

“Venice Bitch” is a sprawling 10-minute cut co-written with Jack Antonoff. The track starts as an tender ballad, with Del Rey unspooling her unique mix of young love and contemporary Americana over an acoustic guitar and subtle strings: “Ice cream, ice queen/ I dream in jeans and leather/ Livestream, I’m sweet for you/ Oh god miss you on my lips/ It’s me your little Venice bitch.” Halfway through, though, “Venice Bitch” transforms into an airy psych-pop jam that coasts to a cerebral, polychrome end.

“Venice Bitch” follows the earlier new track “Mariners Apartment Complex,” another collaboration with Antonoff released last week. Del Rey spoke about working with Antonoff, saying, “We sat down in the studio in New York and he kind of started everything. He would just play chords for hours. He’s so good at piano, some of the stuff he writes just melodically is really kind of classical and in my case it ended up turning more folky. He made it really easy for me to just riff over everything he was doing. In our first week I had two songs I just thought were maybe two of the best songs I had written. He just has a lot of truth in him.”

Elsewhere, Del Rey discussed how she settled on the album title, Norman Fucking Rockwell. “So the title track is called ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell’ and it’s kind of about this guy who is such a genius artist but he thinks he’s the shit and he knows it and he like won’t shut up talking about it,” Del Rey said. “So often I ended up with these creative types or not or whatever and you know they just go on and on about themselves and I’m like yeah, yeah. But there’s a little bit of merit to it also. They are so good. I just like the title track so much that I was like ok, I definitely want the record to also be called that.”

Del Rey also spoke about the numerous other projects she’s working on, including a book of short stories and poems titled, Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass. Del Rey teased more new music as well, suggesting she might put out another track in October.

Lana Del Rey performing Venice Bitch. © 2018 Interscope Records

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Lana Del Rey teams with Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff for a folky, psychedelic new song “Mariners Apartment Complex.” The track is expected to appear on her upcoming, Antonoff-produced sixth LP.

Del Rey ruminates on two of her favorite subjects, sadness and romance, throughout the brooding track. “I’m the board, the lightning, the thunder/ Kind of girl who’s gonna make you wonder/ Who you are and who you’ve been,” she croons over ornate piano, synth-strings and acoustic guitar. “And who I’ve been is with you on these beaches/ Your Venice bitch, your diehard, your weakness/ Maybe I could save you from your sins.”

The vocalist paired the cut with a black-and-white video featuring overhead shots of ocean waves, Lana Del Rey walking along a fence line and the performer gazing at a butterfly in her palm. Del Rey’s sister, mixed media artist Chuck Grant, helmed the clip.

Del Rey and Antonoff are currently in the studio working on the upcoming LP, which follows 2017’s Lust for Life and is due out in 2019. A second song from the sessions, “Venice Bitch,” will premiere on Tuesday, September 18th.

Jack Antonoff released his first album as Bleachers titled “Strange Desire”, back in July of 2014, but today you can her it like you haven’t before with a new mix available through Google Play.  Following up on a long since abandoned series of companion albums called Terrible Thrills (the first volume of which accompanied his band Steel Train 2010 release, Antonoff has shared his  Terrible Thrills Vol. 2, a collection of remixes, reworks, covers of songs from Strange Desire.

He’s enlisted a pretty substantial cast of guests here including, Sia, Suzanna Hoffs former tourmate Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen, and a whole lot more.

Terrible Thrills Vol. 2 track list:

1. “Wild Heart” (feat. Sara Bareilles)
2. “Rollercoaster” (feat. Charli XCX)
3. “Shadow” (feat. Carly Rae Jepsen)
4. “I Wanna Get Better” (feat. Tinashe)
5. “Wake Me” (feat. Lucius)
6. “Reckless Love” (feat. Elle King)
7. “Take Me Away” (feat. Brooke Candy & Rachel Antonoff)
8. “Like A River Runs” (feat. Sia)
9. “You’re Still A Mystery (feat. MØ)
10. “I’m Ready To Move On/Wild Heart Reprise” (feat. Susanna Hoffs)
11. “Who I Want You To Love” (feat. Natalie Maines)